A destructive over from South Australian batter Nathan McSweeney has put the Redbacks in the box seat to win in bowler-friendly conditions in the Sheffield Shield.
McSweeney, who had made a stubborn 72 from 153 balls as wickets tumbled around him at the Adelaide Oval, exploded with 28 runs off an over from debutant paceman Jack Nisbet to bring up his century and take SA from 9-182 to 9-210.
The right-hander went 6, 6, 2, 6, 4 and 4 as he smacked boundaries over the leg-side and through third man to notch his third first-class hundred.
It follows a breakout season for the 24-year-old last summer, in which he made 492 runs including two centuries and was rewarded with the co-captaincy of the Australia A side on a tour of New Zealand.
NSW captain Moises Henriques backed Nisbet, a 20-year-old right-arm quick who played his first game for NSW in a one-dayer last week, to keep bowling despite the onslaught, and the Shield debutant managed to bowl McSweeney to claim an impressive 5-53.
The Blues were set 323 runs to win but started poorly, with rookie opener Ryan Hackney falling caught behind to Nathan McAndrew to leave the visitors 1-17.
A 56-run last wicket partnership between Nisbet (20 not out) and Matthew Gilkes (57) was crucial in keeping NSW in the match as they gave up a 110-run first innings lead to the Redbacks.
McSweeney also top scored in SA’s first innings with 64 as both batting line-ups found it difficult to deal with the new ball.
In extremely flat conditions at the WACA, Tasmania failed to make inroads against WA’s experienced openers as Sam Whiteman posted a century and Test hopeful Cameron Bancroft reached 89 not out at lunch on Day 3.
The Tigers made 439 after a career best 181 to Jordan Silk, but as the captain flagged following his innings, conditions remained difficult for the bowlers as Bancroft and Whiteman ground out 219 runs in 82 overs.